Book Launch Celebration!

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Hi Everyone,
I’m getting REALLY excited about my Book Launch Party on Sunday, and wanted to share the flyer I designed with you:

I’ve never been to a book launch party, much less hosted one before, but I think it will be really cool. I’m planning a bunch of different ‘Stations’, with all kinds of activities.
There will be Coloring Stations where people can ‘Create, Color, Pattern & Play’ with some of the pages from the new books, as well as try out different tools and materials.
Friends from my local calligraphy guild, Scribes of Central Florida, will be at a Calligraphy Station where anyone interested in lettering can chat with a calligrapher, and try out Sakura’s new Pigma® Calligrapher® pens.
There will be a Crafting Station where some of my creative friends will take turns demo-ing their favorite crafts;
Zenspirations® Create, Color, Pattern, Play Station where blog followers and members of the new FB group can hang out together,

Kickstarter Station where local Kickstarter supporters can pick up their books,
Shopping Station for those who want to buy books for themselves or to give as holiday gifts;
and a Signing Station where I’ll be inscribing books.

I’ve also invited friends from the local chapter of the Modern Widows Club to host a Connection Station for people who are interested in information about the organization and/or grief support. MWC made a huge difference in my life after my husband died, and I believe in the work they do so strongly that I’m giving a small percentage of sales from When You Lose Someone You Love to MWC. I think it is important to give back, and I’m proud to support MWC in the important mentoring work it offers to widows around the world. If you or someone you know has recently lost a spouse, I’d highly recommend reaching out to MWC: There are chapters across the US, but even if you don’t live near a chapter, the on-line community support is phenomenal.
If you are driving distance from Orlando, I hope you’ll come help me celebrate… and hang out with other Creativity Enthusiasts. I’m trying to get a rough head count, so if you plan to attend please leave a comment to let me know.
In addition to the Book Launch I have more news to share— my publisher asked if I could fit in one more book by the end of October, and although it’s another CRAZY deadline, I said yes! It’s to make a set of four faith-based books which will be distributed by one of my favorite gift companies… so I’m really excited about it. The working title is L’Chaim: Celebrate Life; Judaic Expressions, and I’m hoping that some of you will help me create inspiration samples for the newest addition to the series. Since the contest we did last time seemed to be a lot of fun, and garnered lots of amazing inspiration samples, we’ll do another contest for this book.

Below are five designs for you to download, print, color & create. I have set up albums in our new Facebook Group where you can share your interpretation of the designs. You’ll have to join the group in order to post, and it sometimes takes me 24 + hours to respond to requests to join the group, so if you plan to submit and aren’t a member yet, please join the group now, and then you’ll be able to post your designs when you finish them. Here is the link:
For every design you post (and yes, you may post more than one version of the same page), your name will be entered into a random drawing for one of the following prizes:

1. A set of the new Zenspirations® Create, Color, Pattern, Play books: Birds & Butterflies, Expressions of Faith, the mini Perfectly Portable Pages” Expressions of Faith, and the new Judaic Expressions.
2.  A set of the first three Zenspirations® Create, Color, Pattern, Play books: Flowers, Inspirations and Abstract:
3. A signed copy of my new Kickstarter book, When You Lose Someone You Love.

If you post two designs, you’ll have two chances to win; if you post five designs, you’ll have five chances to win. The prizes winners will be selected at random; the pieces to include in the new book will be selected by my editor and me.

Although it is fine to simply color, what sets Zenspirations® Create, Color, Pattern & Play apart from all of the other coloring books on the market is that there is room on each page to add your own patterns and special touches before coloring. Therefore I’m looking for people who can add patterning (and/or other enhancements) as well as applying color.

1.      You will need to post your creations by end of day Sunday, September 27th.
2.      My editor and I are looking for designs which will inspire others by showing a variety of coloring and patterning techniques, so don’t be afraid to try different things. The more you do the better your chance to be included in the book or win a prize!
3. VERY IMPORTANT: PUT YOUR NAME, e-dress and phone number on each design before you scan or photograph it!
4.  Post your images IN the appropriate album in the new Zenspirations® Create, Color, Pattern, Play Facebook Group. You can get to the albums by clicking the Photos button underneath the imagine banner.
5.   If your art is selected, you’ll need to send my publisher a high-res scan (300 dpi) or the original art so they can scan it, and you’ll need to sign a Permission-to-Publish form.

6.      Because the books will not be printed on paper which accepts wet media, please DO NOT use watercolors or any other type of wet media. Color pencils, gel pens, markers and crayons are all fine.
7.     Submitting pages is not a guarantee that they will be selected for inclusion.
8.  Artists whose work is selected will be given credit in the book, and will receive two free copies of the book when it is published.
9.   Since I always like opening doors for young talent, I’d be happy for you to share this info with any promising art students (or fellow artists) you know who would like to have their work published.

10.  You can e-mail me ([email protected]) if you have any questions: please put  “ZENSPIRATIONS® COLORING ENTHUSIAST QUESTIONS” in the subject line.
Here are the five designs:

Click here to download your free copy of SING UNTO GOD:
Click here to download your free copy of JERUSALEM:
Click here to download your free copy of APPLES & HONEY:
Click here to download your free copy of TREE OF LIFE:

Click here to download your free copy of THE LAST BUTTERFLY:
I look forward to seeing your interpretation of them!
Stay Zenspired,


12 thoughts on “Book Launch Celebration!”

  1. Thank you so much for sharing these designs. They are just beautiful and I'm looking forward to "playing" with them.

  2. How I wish I was nearer, I would have loved to have join this wonderful party Joanne. Have the best of times and thanks for sharing these new pages to colour. They are gorgeous and I will have fun with them xx

  3. Oh how I wish I could get away and come to your party Joanne! I know it will be fabulous and I hope you have a wonderful turn out! I will be making that trip down to see you, but it will have to wait until things are less complicated at home.

    I love that you are opening up an additional book for us to play with! This is one I was hoping we would have access to, when you mentioned it last Spring! Will this be offered on Amazon?

    Thank you again, for your amazing generosity and friendship!
    Love and blessings,
    Mary Anne

  4. Wow!! I'm excited to get started – can't wait to buy your books to illustrate my bible 🙂
    may you be richly blessed in all you do
    thank you again for sharing

  5. Boy, I wish Colorado was close to Florida. Your launch party sounds like it will be fun and of course it would be wonderful to meet you in person. Thanks so much for your creativity and support of fellow artists.

  6. These are beautiful! I can't wait to get them printed off and start playing! Thanks for sharing with us!

  7. I'm very excited to work on these. I've wanted for so long to have a book of Judaic Zenspirations and now it's becoming a reality. As soon as it's available for preorder it will go to the top of my Amazon list. How I wish I could be in FL for this but it's a long drive from No VA. Maybe one day you can do a launch party up here! It sounds like it's going to be wonderful.

  8. Hello Joanne,

    Thank you for your wonderful drawings Joanne. Unfortunately I can't be with you at your book party but wish to you and the many that join you a very special day at your book party.God bless Julie Beard

  9. Joanne- Congrats on your launch party- I wish I lived close enough to come 🙂 I'm sure it will be a smashing success ! I would love to enter your contest but I am facing other deadlines-but i want you to know I have purchased some of your books and color in them when I need to unwind-love them!

  10. Thank you so much for sharing and for all your inspiration for us to become better artist.
    Thanks again.

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